Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth, this is the original and unabridged version of this classic. Dr Dick-Read unpacks women’s fear and anxiety in pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.
Essential reading for all parents-to-be, childbirth educators, midwives and obstetricians.
Reading Childbirth without Fear at age 16 provided me with the basis of knowledge of childbirth that I used as a first-time mother and still use as a midwife of more than 35 years. A brilliant, courageous classic that is still relevant today. – Ina May Gaskin
A 21st century edition of this historic – even legendary – book must be warmly welcomed. – Michel Odent
When I was heavily pregnant with my first child 25 years ago this book fell into my hands. That was the start of my belief in natural childbirth which eventually led to four great births of my own and the founding of my life’s work in the Active Birth Movement. Grantly Dick-Read’s message is inspirational and even more relevant today than when this book was first published. Every pregnant mother should read it. – Janet Balaskas
Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how birth education started as well as the vision that stimulated the birth movement. Dick-Read remains an inspiration for the humanisation of childbirth. – Sheila Kitzinger
Reissued from the final version completed by Dr Dick-Read, and with a new foreword by Ina May Gaskin.